Barbados Coronavirus (COVID19) Updates | 17th March 2020
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Despite being fortunate for the past few months, while the rest of the world unfortunately grappled with the effects of the coronavirus; Barbados has today confirmed its first 2 cases.
At 10:00AM, 17th March 2020, via a live public address the announce me was made that after testing was carried out the first two cases on the island have been confirmed.
Both cases originated from the USA with one visitor coming to the island and one local recently returning from holiday. Contact tracing is also being done to determine all those who the two individuals may have been in contact with.
Despite the announcement of the cases, Barbados remains relatively the same with it being the top choices as a holiday destination. All cruises have stopped globally and we currently have approximately 7 ships between the Bridgetown Port, Sugar Mill and at anchor with thousands of guests trying to make their way back home.
TRAVEL TO BARBADOS Despite the announcement of the cases, Barbados remains relatively the same with it being the top choices as a holiday destination. All cruises have stopped globally and we currently have approximately 7 ships between the Bridgetown Port, Sugar Mill and at anchor with thousands of guests trying to make their way back home.
All regional and international flights to the island still remain in effect with no immediate plans of closing the borders. Virgin Atlantic has announced a planned reduction of their services but this has not been confirmed as to which international destinations would be affected.
Flights to / from London, USA & Frankfurt are still as scheduled.
Flights to / from Panama we suspect would soon be affected as they have closed their borders to visitors
Trinidad has also taken the same restriction for the next 14 days.
LIFE ON THE ISLAND With the announcement of the first two cases of covid19 in Barbados, there has been a limit placed on public gatherings or sporting events to no more than 100 persons. Visitor attractions, catamaran cruises and island tours still remain possible viable options while on the island.
UPDATE: 22nd March 2020 The number of confirmed cases on the island as now risen to 14 with the vast majority being imported.
AIRLINE UPDATES Eurowings ~ Cancelled from 23rd March Condor ~ Cancelled LIAT ~ Limited Flight Schedule Air Antilles ~ Cancelled from 23rd March Caribbean Airlines ~ Limited Schedule Copa Airlines ~ Cancelled Virgin Atlantic ~ Cancelled from 23rd March (repatriation service) British Airways ~ Cancelled from 26th March (repatriation service) American Airlines ~ Cancelled from 22nd - 26th March (limited schedule thereafter) Jet Blue ~ Cancelled (limited schedule Saturday only flights from JFK) West Jet ~ Cancelled Air Canada ~ Cancelled from 31st March (limited schedule thereafter) For further details please contact your airline for more updates or changes to their limited schedule
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